Authorities continued to contain public dismay over widespread milk contamination as 12,892 children infants were in hospital for treatment. A mother and a father hold their babies as they wait for treatment of kidney stones in a children's hospital in Beijing. Two brothers have been arrested in Hebei province in northern China for their involvement in the contamination of baby milk powder produced by the Sanlu Group. [Xinhua]
Supermarket staffs remove formula milk products found to be contaminated with melamine off the shelves in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, September 17, 2008.
A supermarket staff removes milk formula products found to be contaminated with melamine off the shelves in Hefei, east China's Anhui Province, September 17, 2008.
Cans of infant formula milk powder produced by Yashili, a dairy manufacturer based in south China's Guangdong Province, are removed from the shelves of a supermarket in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province.
Health Minister Chen Zhu speaks during a press conference in Beijing, September 17, 2008. Chen told the media Wednesday that three babies have died after drinking melamine-contaminated milk. Yang Chongyong, Vice Governor of North China's Hebei Province, answers questions from reporters about melamine-contaminated milk after a press conference held by the State Council Information office of China in Beijing. Scrap melamine sample
Two brothers have been arrested in Hebei province in northern China for their involvement in the contamination of baby milk powder produced by the Sanlu Group.
The Geng brothers have been running a private milk collection station since May 2004. Starting at the end of last year, the elder brother began to put melamine into the milk after several rejections by Sanlu Group.Police say the Geng brothers have been selling three tons of contaminated milk to Sanlu each day.
The suspects confessed that they were aware of the chemical's harmful effect on the human body, saying their family never drank the contaminated milk. Another 19 people from private milk collecting stations are also in police custody.